An interdisciplinary group of European feminist scholars critically explores the European gender policies from the founding of the European Community to the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam. They offer different interpretations of the contradiction between the exceptional development of gender equality policy within Community social policy and actual gender inequality. Analysis of the EU policies on the equality of women reveals their central role in the making of the common market and the Community’s modernizing action to reform employment patterns and welfare systems. From different, and at times contrasting, feminist perspectives, the contributors propose new policies to challenge the current situation and overcome the EU juridical defect in women’s rights, which exacerbates the European «citizenship deficit» and «democratic deficit».
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2000. XI, 261 pp.
Contents: Louise A. Tilly: Foreword – Mariagrazia Rossilli: Introduction: The European Union's Gender Policies – Ilona Ostner:
From Equal Pay to Equal Employability: Four Decades of European Gender Policies – Catherine Hoskyns: A Study of Four Action
Programmes on Equal Opportunities – Eliane Vogel-Polsky: Parity Democracy - Law and Europe – Joni Lovenduski: Change in Women’s
Political Representation – Julia Adiba Sohrab: European Equality Legislation on Social Security – Francesca Bettio/Jill Rubery/Mark
Smith: Gender, Flexibility, and New Employment Relations in the European Union – Myriam Bergamaschi: The Gender Perspective
in the Policies of European Trade Unions – Jeanne Gregory: Sexual Harassment: The Impact of EU Law in the Member States –
Eleonore Kofman/Rosemary Sales: The Implications of European Union Policies for Non-EU Migrant Women – Marjan Wijers: European
Union Policies on Trafficking in Women.